The 2015 Food Truck Festival kicked off today, located downtown at the Columbus Commons. The festival runs until 10pm tonight, noon - 10pm Saturday and then noon - 6pm on Sunday. There are over 60 food vendors available to try out. Our suggestion; go with a group of friends and have everyone go to a different truck, then sample each others dishes. Don't go for something you can get at any restaurant, go for a dish off the beaten path.
The festival this year seemed to have be populated by are similar array of vendors; tacos, grilled cheese and greek. There are a few other trucks that vary in their offerings, but these 3 styles seemed like the big three available. Not that this is bad, not all grilled cheeses are the same by any stretch. Fan favorites like Hot Chicken Takeover from the North Market, were in attendance, as well as restaurants like Yabo's Tacos and Schmidt's. We sampled foods from Queens Table, Paddy Wagon, Hungry Monkey and some seriously delicious cupcakes from Go Cupcakes.
The Paddy Wagon's 3rd Degree Grilled Cheese, with chips and a pickle all for $5, that's a darn good deal!
Fish Boat Sandwich from Queen's Table, you can't go wrong with deep-fried fish.
Peanut Butter Cup and German Chocolate Cupcakes from Go Cupcakes, $2.50 each (Delicious!).
If you are planning on heading out later today or later this weekend make sure to plan ahead. Drink stations are cash only, you have to purchase a $3 drink ticket to then exchange the ticket for a drink. It was hot today and will be the same the rest of the weekend, so dig deep in the cooler for an ice cold water. Alcoholic beverages are available as well, but those are $6, or 2 tickets. Some food trucks also only accepted cash, which was a real bummer to find out after having waited (be prepared to wait for the good trucks) in line for 15 min, but as with most festivals, bringing cash is a must, so plan accordingly.
There is plenty of parking downtown to utilize for the event, we parked at the Columbus Commons parking garage, directly across Rich St. from the Commons. Parking was $10, cash, so plan accordingly. You can also park a little farther down the way, like at the statehouse.
For more information check out columbusfoodtruckfest.com the event Facebook page to find directions, maps, and a list of the vendors.